Bachelor of Science In Accounting

A University of New Haven education means power," says Caroline Consorte ’16, ’17 MBA, a staff accountant at Marcum, one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation. "It helps you prepare for the career you desire, and it helps you create connections in the community that can help you get there."

Impact a company’s bottom line

Accountants have the critical task of providing a comprehensive picture of a company’s financial health so that business owners can make informed decisions that directly impact their company’s bottom line. That is why the field of accounting is a breeding ground for business leaders. In fact, John D. Rockefeller, widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history, starting working at age 16 as an accountant. Today, more than half of Fortune 100 CEOs have a degree in business, economics, or accounting.

As an accounting major at the University of New Haven, you’ll participate in a well-rounded education that goes beyond the numbers. You’ll learn how to impart technologically-driven insight and even solve white-collar crimes.

The B.S. in Accounting program is also available online (degree completion).

The program offers three tracks. You will choose one of the following:
  • Financial accounting: This is the track if you want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Corporate accounting: You’ll develop the skills necessary to thrive in the corporate environment and become a CMA (Certified Management Accountant).
  • Forensic accounting: Focus on financial crimes, including investigation and white-collar crime, through coursework in accounting and through the world-renowned Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

At the University of New Haven, you can earn the certifications you need even sooner than you would at most other schools. As an undergraduate, you can meet or exceed requirements for the CPA exam in most states, or you can begin the process of becoming a CMA before you even graduate. You might also choose to enter the Fast Track program, which allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in 4 years or 5 years.

You'll Also:
  • Have access to the latest accounting, tax, business and legal databases, data feeds, and analysis software used widely in today’s workplaces and in graduate research.
  • Study in an AACSB-accredited program, a distinction that means the University of New Haven’s Pompea College of Business is among the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
  • Explore accounting in the real world through field trips to Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Internal Revenue Service, and more.
  • Have the opportunity to join the Accounting Club, which brings in a wide variety of speakers to talk about career opportunities.
  • Make a local impact by donating your time to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, preparing tax returns for low-income individuals and families.
  • Have the chance to study abroad, either for a semester at our Tuscany, Italy campus or elsewhere in the world during our two-week intensive program.
  • Gain real-world experience during an internship.

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Financial Managers

12% Growth 2021-2030


Financial and Investment Analysts

6% Growth 2021-2030


Financial Examiners

13% Growth 2021-2030

Selected Courses and Programs
  • This course provides a thorough introduction to basic systems theory, a firm working knowledge of systems analysis and design techniques, and an examination of various transaction cycles in the accounting system. Emphasis is on electronic data processing environments.

  • A general examination of the role and function of the independent auditor in the performance of the attest function. Emphasis will be placed on current auditing pronouncements, the audit report, statistical sampling, evaluation of internal control, and the determination of the scope of an audit. Rules and standards of compilation and review reports are presented.

  • This course examines the basis and underlying framework of international accounting and taxation and applies those standards and theories to practice. Discussion will center upon the elements of global accounting from a financial, managerial, tax, and audit perspective. Highlights include the development and convergence of international accounting standards, taxation of transnational transactions, and quantifying and reporting financial risks such as foreign exchange and hedging transactions. The course also addresses a range of matters including transfer pricing, tax treaties, and tax incentives as well as other strategic accounting issues related to multinational corporations.

  • An overview examination of investigative auditing techniques, criminology, and courtroom procedures for the forensic accountant. The course covers both litigation support and investigative accounting, examining the practical aspects of these two areas, as well as many of the new technological areas. The course also examines corporate compliance programs to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Double Major - Accounting and Finance, B.S.

    Accounting, B.S.

    Accounting Minor (business program students, only)

    Accounting Minor (non-business program students, only)

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Our Pompea College of Business is Among the Top 5% Worldwide

AACSB accreditation means that our Pompea College of Business has passed a rigorous set of standards. The faculty, students, programs and research have been closely examined and judged to be of exceptionally high standards.

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Next Steps
  • Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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Licensure and Certification Information

The University of New Haven offers a B.S. Accounting, M.S. Accounting and M.S. Taxation each designed to help students prepare to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Please note that students cannot earn CPA certification simply by earning a college degree. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website, students will first need to determine where they intend to sit for the CPA exam, since the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam are different for every state. Most states require 150 total semester hours to sit for the CPA exam. Some state licensing board regulations include narrow educational requirements such as specific semester hours in accounting and business courses, and there are additional considerations such as experience, age and residency that must be considered.

The University of New Haven’s 121 credit hour B.S. in Accounting program does not meet the educational requirements for CPA licensure in:

  • AL, AK, AS, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, and WY.

While the BS Accounting program consists of 121 credits, the additional required coursework may be completed at the University through our graduate accounting program.

The University of New Haven strongly encourages that you review the requirements and criteria for the state in which you intend to sit for the CPA exam in consultation with your academic advisor.

Click the link below for contact information on State licensure boards.

Licensure Information

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